Monthly archives: February, 2016

A highly ‘memorable’ session at BCN Impro Fest

BCN Impro Fest 3rd session at Sala Fènix – 23rd Feb. ’16 What do we have for this week’s BCN Impro Fest ‘surprise’? What else but Memoria Uno in its eighth live incarnation. The Memoria Uno project has become strongly symbolic of the the Barcelona improvised music scene. Alongside the Thursday sessions at Robadors 23,…




J. Peter Schwalm – The Beauty of Disaster

J. Peter Schwalm (guitars, pianos, electronic devices, acoustic and digital sound modules, mixing desks, drums and synths, except…) Nell Catchpole (violas, on 1) Eivin Aarset (guitars, on 2, 3, 4) Tim Harries (bass, on 2, 7, 8) Martin France (drums, on 2, 8) Michael Wöllny (pump organ, on 5) Christine Schütze (grand piano, on 9)…




A Laboratory of Sound at BCN Impro Fest

BCN Impro Fest 2nd session at Sala Fènix – 16th Feb. ’16 The second evening of the BCN Impro Fest, celebrating the improvised music scene in Barcelona, with two quintets – both at the experimental and even playful end of the spectrum… Improvisation the Third Carlos Ródenas (electric bass) Ferran Besalduch (bass & sopranino saxophones)…




BCN Impro Fest at Sala Fènix – 9th Feb. ’16

This was the inauguration of the first BCN Impro Fest, a month-long celebration intended to bring together the musicians (and others) involved in the city’s improvised music scene. Organised by Miquel Jordà, the festival is hosted by Sala Fènix with a concert each Tuesday evening. In addition, there’s an exhibition of photography and artwork depicting…




Cindy Blackman – Another Lifetime

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Cindy Blackman (d) Doug Carn (org) Carlton Holmes (syn) Joe Lovano (ts) Fionn O Lochlainn (elg) Vernon Reid (elg) Benny Rietveld (elb) Patrice Rushen (elp, syn) David Santos (elb) Mike Stern (elg) Vashkar Where Beyond Games Vashkar Reprise 40 Years of Innovation The Game Theory…